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Great Clear, Basic Primer on User Experience Design
on October 18, 2011
A great starting point for those interested in UX design. It lays down a clear overall picture of the field, well defining terms and "planes" falling within the "umbrella" of UX, but not always of immediate comprehension for the beginning "practitioner" (IE information architecture, interaction design, interface design, navigation design, ...). Author clearly states the scope and goal of each, also explaining relations between these and related concepts.
It can also be a useful resource for all those who're not solely focused in UX, but who'll need to share some content or "feature" with users. If you fall within this category, and are looking for a good introductory book on UX, this is probably the one you should pick.
I've read it after a few others on the subject, and not all of its content was new to me. Moreover you'll definitely need to back up its content with something else, if you're really serious about UX design. It's not a reference book. Experienced UX designers might hence even feel disappointed. It's quite shallow, and basic in content. Nevertheless, I consider it a great primer, with key concepts organized in such a way that it's easy for them to be recalled and also accessed as a quick reference. It also contains several valuable tips, which never hurt to be reminded about, no matter what's the amount of experience under your belt.
It kind of reminded me about "Don't make me think" by S. Krug, for certain aspects. Not a complete reference, but definitely clear, concise and to the point. It can be read in a short amount of time too, so that no big investment in terms of time is needed.
As a side note... "The Elements of User Experience: A Primer on User-Centered Design for the Web" might've been a more suitable title.